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Seniors worried about insecure environment for budding journalists

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KARACHI: Senior journalists are worried about the future of the media in Pakistan and admit that they are leaving behind a far more insecure environment for budding professionals. Several professionals agreed that different media houses should work together to tackle this problem before it worsens. They were speaking at a consultative meeting with journalists and […]


BHC’s CJ asks media not to spread gloom

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QUETTA: Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court (BHC), Mr Justice Qazi Faez Isa, has said that the constitution gave right of access to information, adding that some media institutions were telecasting news without confirmation. Speaking at a ceremony held in connection with the launching of the “Report of Media Commission, which was formed by […]


UK minister says media freedom cannot be curbed

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LONDON: Britain’s Secretary of the State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith has said that freedom of the press is fundamentally important to protect all kinds of freedoms and no government or authority shall be allowed to take away these freedoms under any excuse or pretext. The senior Tory leader and UK government figure […]


Freedom of speech and its parametres

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“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought, which they seldom use,” wrote Kierkegaard, realising that there are very few men who can afford to think, and a whole lot of humanity wanting to speak. Speech, admittedly, comes more trippingly on the tongue than losing one’s head on a hard […]


Pledge to defend media freedom

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LAHORE: The final day of the three-day-long All Pakistan Women Journalists Convention (APWJC) drew to a close on Sunday with a declaration, authored by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), on the rights of female and male journalists in the country. Addressing a gathering of woman journalists and anchors here at the Lahore Press […]


A war of words

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The extremely tragic assassination attempt on Hamid Mir is the worst demonstration of how forces within the country are trying to stifle freedom of speech. What is equally disturbing is that Geo and Hamid’s family members immediately reacted by accusing the involvement of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in it. Although discretion demanded that even if […]


Hamid, what’s his crime except speaking for the deprived, persecuted masses

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ISLAMABAD: What’s the crime this lovely anchorperson, Hamid Mir, committed that hit the heartless attackers so hard that they pumped six bullets into his body, creating a worldwide furore. He has been relentlessly speaking against the missing persons especially Balochs. He has the credit of hosting more programmes on this issue than all the talk […]


In Pakistan, no taxation without investigation

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In Pakistan, reporting on the military intelligence services or insurgent groups or machinations within political parties is the normal grist for the media mill. A lot of the coverage relies on reporters with inside sources. The sources use the media as a battleground for their infighting, relying on sympathetic reporters to put forward their positions. […]


Sindh Assembly condemns attack on Express News anchor

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KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning Friday’s attack on Express News anchorperson Raza Rumi which left his driver dead. “This house strongly condemns the attack on Raza Rumi in Lahore in which his personal driver was killed. This house recommends the Sindh government approach the federal government to take action against […]


Free media sham?

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Freedom of Speech is a right guaranteed in Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan but is still nevertheless subject to a pretty astounding caveat whereby the law mandates that this freedom is to be curbed when the glory of Islam, the integrity of Pakistan, friendly relations with other states, decency and morality, contempt of […]


Lift the YouTube ban

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An end to the YouTube ban may be on the horizon. There is no definite date for a lifting, but the government seems prepared to move in that direction. The information minister said on March 16 when speaking to journalists in Lahore that software has been developed that will ‘filter controversial content’. If this is […]


Pakistan among most dangerous countries for journalists: Report

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QUETTA: Pakistan remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual report released on Wednesday, with Balochistan a hotspot for violence. Seven reporters were killed in the line of duty in 2013, the report said, blaming the government’s “unwillingness to administer justice”. […]


Pakistani journalist turns pen into weapon against Muslim fundamentalism

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For the past 15 years, Muqtida Mansoor has been taking his life into his hands simply by writing. His column, which appears twice weekly in the Urdu language Daily Express newspaper based in Karachi, Pakistan, has brought insults and death threats from extremists. The Sunday Edition This has not deterred Mansoor from defending freedom of […]


Malala’s book launch

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WHAT a shame that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has stopped the ceremony to launch Malala Yousufzai’s book, I am Malala, at the Peshawar University. Pity the nation that keeps on harping on the supremacy of the constitution but cannot provide security to even a premier university of the country. What signals do we send to […]